Bonus Episode .
Here at AAB, we have a Facebook page just for our community. We are almost 200 people strong and are a wonderful group of members who post their thoughts and feelings and experiences and pictures…. all having to do with breastfeeding. Join us going to FB and searching for AABC and we will see you in the group.
As most of my regular listeners know, the story of my early mothering and breastfeeding life, was one of feelings of loneliness and isolation. M first pregnancy, I didn’t know anyone else that was pregnant and there were literally just a few books on the library shelf about birth and breastfeeding. When I gave birth, my husband was in a job that took him away from us 5 days a week and 12 hours each day with travel time. I lived in an apartment complex where I knew noone and I felt all alone with my thoughts and questions and for the first 6 months, I had no friends.
I have many reasons for creating this podcast and you are welcome to subscribe to the show and go back to my very first show for my story. One of the reasons is that as a Breastfeeding Educator, I realize that, even in this day and time of internet and social media, many moms continue to express they feel alone as everyone’s lives are very busy, or perhaps they just don’t have any friends or family where they live. Moms also express frustration with the inconsistency of information they receive and they long for access to excellent and accurate information when it comes to breastfeeding. So, a lack of education and a lack of support and friendship are my primary reasons for creating this podcast.
I am really digging all the interaction with the moms who are in the Facebook All About Breastfeeding Community Group. This week a member of ours expressed some fears associated with her upcoming scheduled c/sec. There are times when members rally around moms and take the time out of your busy mothering lives to respond to these posts and for this I am so grateful and appreciative. You share words of support, encouragement, offer assistance and information. Sharing is caring and I love how much you are caring for each other. There was something about the vulnerability that this member shared with us that compelled me to want to respond directly to her.
As my response post became longer and longer, I decided to switch gears and record my thoughts and feelings. As my thoughts flowed, I incorporated other members words of encouragement with my response.
The rest of this show will include the original post, members responses as well as my thoughts. I thought I would add a relaxation exercise to help Melissa get through her anxieties over the weekend in case she was not able to
find online what she needed over the weekend.
Let’s get started with the posts from the group and then end with a relaxation exercise.
Here is the original post from Melissa when she joined the group a few weeks ago:
I am a mother of a 14 yr old girl and an 11 yr old boy and my husband and I are about to deliver our twin rainbows November 1st and I came to this group for tips and support because I plan on Brest feeding my twins and it’s my first time trying this so I’m so going to need the help.
Jenny – I am currently nursing my almost 2 year old twins. If you want to chat, message me. I will be happy to share my experiences
Me – So glad you joined us Melissa. Twin rainbows on November 1st – how wonderful! You have a nice beautiful belly and are growing 2 healthy babies! Glad you are listening to the show. Also, in the Files section above there are lots of Free downloadable handouts & there is also a link on the site to lots of other Free downloads. You will want to check out the ones that are titled: Signs that you know breastfeeding is going well and Signs that help you tell when it is not going well. Not to overwhelm you with info, but they are good basics to know.
Elisabeth – God Bless you Melissa
A few days ago, here is what Melissa posted:
OK so I have 5 more day’s left after tomorrow till my twins arrive.. Unfortunately they are still both breach and it doesn’t look like they have very much room so it’s looking like a C-section is in order.. I personally am scared to death of what I’m facing Tuesday. We took our tour of our hospital and I feel really good about our choice in hospital bc they are super safe.
Listen to the rest of the show for additional responses to Melissa’s post as well as to listen to the guided meditation. Links discussed in the show are right below:
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